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Pavona varians

Verrill, 1864

Colonies are submassive, laminar or encrusting or various combinations of these. Corallites are in short irregular valleys, or are aligned between ridges perpendicular to margins, or are irregularly distributed on flat surfaces. Septo-costae are in alternating orders.

Colour: Yellow, green or brown.

Habitat: Most reef environments.

Abundance: Common.

Similar species:

Taxonomic note: Taxonomic note: This species is well named because it varies greatly according to environment. It is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units which can have overlapping geographic ranges. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).

Map displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Surface characters of a large tiered colony. The tall vertical ridges are common in colonies from equatorial locations.  Ed Lovell.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface characters of a large tiered colony. The tall vertical ridges are common in colonies from equatorial locations.Ed Lovell.

Pavona varians.  Tanzania.  Surface characters of encrusting colonies in semi-protected habitats.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona varians.Tanzania.Surface characters of encrusting colonies in semi-protected habitats.Charlie Veron.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Corallite detail.  Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Corallite detail.Mary Stafford-Smith.

Pavona varians.  Red Sea.  Surface characters of encrusting colonies in semi-protected habitats.  Charlie Veron.

Pavona varians.Red Sea.Surface characters of encrusting colonies in semi-protected habitats.Charlie Veron.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing massive colony.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing massive colony.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing corallites.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing corallites.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing colony surface.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing common appearance.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing common appearance.

Pavona varians.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia.  Showing valleys.

Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Showing valleys.

Pavona varians.  Hawaii.  Showing plate formation.

Pavona varians.Hawaii.Showing plate formation.

Pavona varians.  Hawaii.  Showing colony surface.

Pavona varians.Hawaii.Showing colony surface.